Information Services




March 13, 2014

America’s Music School Signs Franchise Agreement to Develop Locations in Denver,



Over the last 45 years CIG has built a portfolio of companies that continue to demonstrate strong business results. Under the same family stewardship since it was founded in 1971, we are focused on building companies for long-term success through continued reinvestment and strategic acquisitions. Our portfolio companies employ more than 3,000 people in over 70 offices worldwide.

Information and Research Services: CIG has been operating in the information and research services industry for over 35 years. Our companies provide leading information solutions across multiple industries including higher education, aviation, and publishing. Serving over 30,000 institutions worldwide, virtually every college and university located in North America has at least one product or service from a CIG company.

ProQuest: ProQuest is a  global leader in serving researchers and libraries worldwide  The company has 70-year track record of providing “must-have” content & creating research solutions that connect people and information. The business operates as a diversified portfolio of complementary businesses offering content solutions, e-books, workflow solutions and other support services for the global research community.

Bowker: Bowker is the world’s leading provider of bibliographic information and management solutions designed to help publishers, booksellers, and libraries better serve their customers.

Navtech: Navtech is a global provider of navigation data and flight operations solutions to the aviation industry and is one of only three companies with a comprehensive aviation charts portfolio and navigation data product. It provides mission-critical tools that increase operational efficiency, improve safety, ensure regulatory compliance and reduce costs for commercial airline and general and other aviation customers.

Education Services: Our current portfolio of education businesses are focused on art and music subject areas and we continue to evaluate other potential areas for addition to a growing portfolio of for-profit education companies.

Sotheby’s Institute of Art: Sotheby’s Institute of Art is an institution of higher education devoted to the study of art and its markets with campuses in London (UK), New York City and Los Angeles (USA). The Institute offers full time accredited Master’s degrees as well as a range of postgraduate certificates, summer, semester and online courses, public programs and executive education.

Bach to Rock (B2R): Bach to Rock is a system of music schools based on innovative teaching methods and the belief that learning music should be fun. B2R also offers franchise opportunities to support its fast growth .

Other Investments: Although we tend to focus on the areas where we have developed a significant expertise over the last 40 years, we are continually open to new investment opportunities in businesses that offer promising growth opportunities and have strong management teams. We are open to investing in both public and private companies and are comfortable with minority or majority positions. We currently hold investments in the following companies

Blucora (public)
Hammond’s Candies (private)
LibraryThing (private)
MetaMetrics (private)

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